Coralville man sentenced to 10 years in prison for cell phone store robbery
A Coralville man accused of robbing a local cell phone store will spend at least five years in prison.
Judge Kevin McKeever last week handed down the sentence for Jeremy Stanton, 29, of Boston Way, after his attorney asked sentencing in the case be moved up by a week. Stanton had agreed to a plea deal in February, agreeing to plead guilty to one count of 2nd Degree Robbery in exchange for the dismissal of a 1st Degree Robbery charge.
McKeever last week then sentenced Stanton to the maximum 10 years in prison, specifically ordering him to serve at least 50 percent of that sentence.
Stanton’s accused in the Aug. 9 armed robbery of the Sprint store in the 2400 block of 2nd Street. Police say he was wearing a mask over his face and displayed a handgun as he entered the store, demanding all the cell phones in the store be put in a bag.
But, as employees were filling the bag, police say they also put a GPS tracking device in with the cell phones. That device was later used to lead police to Stanton’s apartment.
After being arrested, Stanton allegedly admitted to robbing the store.
If convicted on the original charge, he could have been sentenced to up to 25 years in prison.